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Make Your Carpet Last While Looking Great

Carpet is one of the areas of your home that requires the most maintenance and probably shows wear faster than any other part of your home. For that reason, many people choose to use other floorings in their home in some rooms that holds up better to wear and tear. Even if you choose other flooring options for high traffic areas of your area, nothing beats the comfort of carpet in your bedrooms.

If you do choose to have carpet in your home, there are some steps you can take to keep it looking great and help it last longer. Start by being careful to wipe your shoes when you come inside. Adding rugs at your entry doors can help with this. Some people choose not to wear shoes in their home and even if you aren’t willing to go that far, carefully wiping your feet every time you come inside will make a big difference. Even when you can’t see dirt on your shoes, it is there and will come off on your carpet.

Regular carpet care will help it look nice for longer. Start with a thorough vacuuming at least once a week. If you have young children or pets, you should do more frequently. It is also necessary to clean spills immediately, and you should keep the carpet cleaner on hand for unexpected stains. On a regular basis, you should also have your carpets professionally cleaned or rent a carpet cleaning machine to assist with this task. Even if your carpets appear very clean, you will likely be shocked at the dirty water coming out of the machine if you choose to clean your carpets yourself. Doing this on an annual basis at a minimum or more often if you choose will help your carpet look nice and eliminate dirt and allergens from your home. Many home improvement and even grocery stores rent the carpet cleaners. You can search for a location near you here.

Everyone wants their carpets to look nice and be clean for their families but if you are thinking about selling your home, this is even more important. When buyers come to look at your home, they will notice immediately the condition your carpet is in and will comment on it. At a minimum, you should have your carpets cleaned before you list your home and if your carpet has reached the end of its life expectancy, having it replaced will make a huge impact.

Christine Topham
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Spring is the Perfect Season to Add Curb Appeal

If you are in the process of selling your home, your home may be in need of some improved curb appeal. Curb appeal is extremely important if you hope to have many showings. If your home and yard look dull on the outside, buyers may never make it inside. In the winter months, it can be especially hard to brighten the exterior of your home since the grass is often dead and brown and there are few flowers in bloom. In Spring, you have no excuses. The grass is growing and green, nurseries are full of beautiful plants and flowers and the weather is perfect for you to get outside and work in the yard and spruce up the exterior of your home.

Curb appeal should make your home appeal to the buyer at first glance so start with the obvious then work your way through the rest of the list below. The absolute musts are: mow regularly, clean the exterior of your home and make sure your exterior paint isn’t peeling...but once you’ve done all that, there are some small and inexpensive curb appeal improvements that will make a huge difference.

       Make sure the path from your buyer’s car to the entrance is free of kid’s toys, lawn care items, fallen twigs or other debris. Stepping over or around items detracts from the flow of the tour right at the beginning. For that matter, get anything that doesn’t belong in your yard put away.

       The front door will make a big impression…good or bad. Make sure it is super clean and freshly painted then add a new welcome mat and you are ready for buyers. A fresh coat of paint makes a door look brand new. Once the impression of “new” or “well-kept” is formed in the buyer’s mind - that impression will stick with him or her throughout the rest of the house.

        A manicured lawn gives the impression of a carefully tended home. Grass creeping over the sidewalks doesn’t necessarily look sloppy, but an inch or two of space between the lawn and the sidewalk makes the entire yard look neat and well-kept.

       Thin out plants that are creeping into the zone of other plants. Landscape style is trending toward openness and even minimalism, so space between plants and shrubs gives that airy and clean appearance that makes your yard look well taken care of.

       Add color. Bright flowers can do wonders for the facade of a home, drawing the eye where you want it. Add planters by the front door and bright annuals in your flower beds. The color will make a big impact with even a small amount.

       Bring in new mulch. Mulch fades with time, giving landscaping a drab gray base. Bright mulch creates contrast with the colors of flowers and shrubbery, giving them a healthier and more appealing appearance.

If you are planning to sell your home or it is already for sell, these items can make a huge difference and they won’t take weeks and tons of money to do either. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short time, and what an impact your home will have on potential buyers. Contact me today to discuss how to get your home ready for the market. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Christine Topham
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Cut Heating Costs This Winter

Saving money is important to just about everyone and there are many things you can do without but during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine not having heat in our homes. Even while running the heat at the level necessary to be comfortable in your home, there are several simple things you can do to save money on your heating bill. Take some time to review a few ways you can save money without turning your home into an a very large freezer.

Wear an Extra Layer (or Two)

Most of us have extra clothes that we rarely wear and a linen closet full of blankets we can use to keep warm. No one is suggesting you sit around your house in a parka with a hat and gloves but there are plenty of items you can wear that will still be comfortable while adding extra warmth allowing you to decrease your thermostat setting by a few degrees. Keep a blanket in the room you spend the most time in so you can wrap up when you are relaxing. While you are pulling blankets out of the linen closet, add a blanket to all of the beds in your home so you can keep the thermostat lower at night as well.

Space Heaters

Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may have some rooms that you don’t use very often. If you are spending most of your time in just a couple rooms, adjust the thermostat for most of the house to a lower temperature and add space heaters in the rooms you use most often. Small space heaters will quickly heat the rooms you are using when you turn them on and you don’t have to spend as much money to heat rooms in your home that you rarely set foot in like the guest room or bonus room.

Open Your Curtains

While you probably keep the blinds and curtains closed during the summer season, when the weather turns cold, open them and let as much sunshine in as you can. While the sun will also improve your mood, it offers FREE heat and can make a big difference compared to keeping everything closed.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Stop letting the heat you are paying for to the outside through your doors and windows. Sealing your windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping can drastically reduce your electric bill by increasing the energy efficiency of your home.

Use Your Oven Heat

Dinner just came out of your 350 degree oven and you are turning it off as you sit down at the table. Go ahead and take advantage of the oven heat by opening the oven door and letting the residual heat from the oven dissipate into your home. If you have young children, make sure they understand the oven is hot and know not to touch it.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature of your home to a cooler setting when you aren’t home or at night when you are sleep. By using the extra blanket you put on your bed, you won’t need to keep the house as warm at night and you certainly don’t need to pay to keep it as warm when you aren’t home.

Keeping your home warm doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With some simples changes in your habits, you can keep your home comfortable without spending a fortune this winter.

Christine Topham
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Steer Clear of these Decorating Trends

Trends come and go all the time and unless you want to update your home every couple of years, it is best to stick with classic styles and colors that have stood the test of time. If you don’t know where to start, it might be easier to eliminate some items you definitely don’t want to show up in your house now. Here are some trends to avoid at all costs.  

Wallpaper borders. In different times, these have shown up at the top of the wall and even in the middle. Chair rail or crown molding will both make a classic statement that will not disappoint even in a few years time.  

Wicker furniture on the inside of your home. While whicker on the patio or front porch will never go out of style, keep it out of your house at all costs.  

Vertical blinds. Have you ever been responsible for opening and closing vertical blinds? That is all it will take to make you never buy these. The noise and the pulling and the one that will never lay as flat as it should. If you are thinking about this, all you need to do is test them a few times and you will not think about it again.  

Popcorn ceilings still show up in houses especially those without recent updates but there is absolutely no reason to add this to your home. If you are making updates, consider removing the popcorn ceilings as they will really date your home.  

Lace and other frilly things. These items showed up everywhere in the 1980s and 1990s but have slowly lost favor since then. Today,  much simpler decor has taken over and allowing your décor to stick around longer. 

Rose gold popped up on the iPhone and then seemed to spread to everything else. The rose hue can be harder to mix with other elements than classic gold and silver.  

Gallery walls have come and go but can be hard to maintain in busy spaces unless you have time to adjust the crooked frames every day. Throw out your level and select one large piece to occupy a wall.  

While trends will always come and go, if your budget doesn’t allow for constant redecorating, devote the largest part of your budget to staples and use small less expensive accents to add personality to your home every few years.   

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited
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christine@teamchristine.com
25 years serving Bartow, Cobb and Paulding Counties

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